Many organizations are converting their Flash-based courses into the HTML5 format to make them compatible with iPads, and Articulate Storyline is extensively used for this purpose.
Here, I would like to share some tips and tricks to facilitate effective conversion.
1. Limitations and Possibilities: Your existing Flash-based courses are highly interactive and engaging and contain rich animations. It is not possible to recreate all these interactivities and animations using Articulate Storyline. You need to be aware of the limitations of Storyline and have a clear idea of what you can do with it.
2. Analysis of Inputs: It is very important that we analyze the inputs before going for a conversion. If we do not have the source files of the Flash-based courses, it is very difficult to extract the content and it requires more time for development. It affects the cost and timelines.
3. Prepare the GUI (Graphic User Interface): Before you start the conversion of the Flash-based course into HTML5, prepare the GUI and take approval from your stakeholder. This is important because the GUI may not look like your existing Flash-based eLearning course. While it is true that we can customize the Articulate Storyline player to meet certain high level requirements, Articulate Storyline player has its limitations. Depending on the technical requirements of the project, you can decide whether you need to customize the GUI or not. You need to remember that customization of the player increases the development time when compared to the default player.
4. Use Appropriate Presentation patterns: Flash has presentation patterns that may not be possible to create in Storyline. You need to make sure that same message is conveyed to the learner, even if you change the presentation patterns.
I hope you find this blog useful. Please do share your views.